Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, is the closest major airport and is about a 2.5 hour drive or a half hour flight away from Flagstaff. Most of our rafters fly into Phoenix and then fly, take a shuttle, or drive a rental car to Flagstaff.


Flagstaff by plane

Direct flights are available into Flagstaff from Phoenix. Service from Phoenix is provided by US Airways (800-428-4322; If you fly US Airways into Phoenix, there is often a reduced fare on the Phoenix-Flagstaff portion.


Phoenix/Flagstaff by Shuttle

Arizona Shuttle 800-888-2749

One-way $41 adults when booking online; $45 for phone reservations.


Arizona Shuttle offers pick-up service at each terminal at Sky Harbor Airport and drop-off at the Amtrak Station in downtown Flagstaff, a five minute cab-ride (approximately $7) from our meeting location/hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff. With twelve departure times each day, this is a convenient and reliable transportation option.


Phoenix/Flagstaff by Rental Car

Car rentals are available in Phoenix and Flagstaff from a variety of rental agencies. Please contact the car rental agencies directly for information as their offerings vary year to year. You will need to arrange transportation (taxi) to and from the rental agencies’ locations; be sure to allow time and money for the pick-up and drop-off of your rental car both before and after your trip.


Budget offers vehicle drop-off/pick up at the DoubleTree Hotel itself, saving you a trip to the rental agency. Call the Flagstaff Budget office at 1-928-779-5235 to make pick up/drop off arrangements.


(Pre-Trip Orientation) "Helen was fantastic! She was very thorough will all the necessary details and was totally enthused for all of us as well!" September 2020


(Pre-Trip Orientation) "Lisa prepared us very well and I appreciated the chance to pick up a few last minute supplies." - April 2019


(Pre-Trip Orientation) "Annie was wonderful and helpful and so kind! And extraordinarily patient. I wished she was going on our trip so we could spend more time with her." 2018


"Pre-trip orientation meeting: Well organized, engaging, efficient.  Excellent leadership set tone for delightful trip." 2017